Laps Of Luxury- Pool Day Passes In Hong Kong
In an ideal world, come summer we’d pack our bags and zip across to Bali to reset. But the reality of the pandemic sets in, and with all the plugs on travel, a dip in a swanky pool and a cocktail-in-hand is all the luxury we need!
Fortunately, Hong Kong is full of sun-basking, poolside lazing and mellow mingling opportunities. Scroll below for the list of best pool day passes where you can swim, take in the views and cool-off in style:
1. The Ritz-Carlton
Our top pick of the lot. An infinity pool 116 floors above the ground, unparalleled views and the most decadent buffets in town.
We may be a bit biased here but splashing in the luxurious pool at the Ritz-Carlton, with its floor-length glass windows gives us the feels of swimming straight into the harbour!
Grab a pool pass for HK$ 750 (90-minutes slot), it comes with an access to their fitness centre and outdoor spa as well. Wrap up the day with their lavish Sunday brunch (HK$ 688 per head) or stay the night, splurge in a room for an unforgettable experience!
The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2263 2040
2. Grand Hyatt
Swim, drink or get a beautiful summer tan at Grand Hyatt’s 50-metre heated outdoor pool.
A popular summer hanging place for the locals, the pool here is a picturesque spot to soak up the twinkling Victoria Harbour views whilst sipping fine champagne and wine.
Shell out HK$ 600 for a day pass which grants full-service facilities at the outdoor pool, gym, Plateau Spa and the tranquil harbour-facing saunas. There’s really no reason to leave without a dinner at the Grand Hyatt Grill. The weather begs for a poolside barbecue – book one for HK$ 568; the char-grilled seafood is finger lickin’ good!
Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2588 1234
3. Four Seasons Hong Kong
Set in the midst of our favourite metropolis, the infinity-edge pool at Four Seasons has always been on our radar for a fabulous day of relaxation. The lap pool is fitted with hot and cold whirlpools, and underwater speakers to give you the most whimsical swim ever! Frozen cocktails, light bites and berry smoothies can be relished with fellow sun-worshippers.
Whilst the pool is accessible to in-house guests only, it’s on this list because who can possibly come up with a good enough reason for not booking a staycation here? Let us tempt you further – the hotel is currently running the “Summer At Four Seasons“ offer where they hand out dining credits worth HK$ 800, overnight parking vouchers for HK$ 450 and unlimited breakfast buffet for two with a day’s stay.
Too good to be true? It probably is!
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3196 8888
4. Island Shangri-La, Central
This luxurious pool can never get too congested- pandemic or not, the hotel doles out only a fixed number of day passes so you have to reserve in advance. Non-hotel guests can book only on weekdays.
Priced at HK$ 900, annual membership is available too.
5. Kerry Hotel
A drive to Hung Hom might seem daunting at the end of a busy week but Kerry Hotel’s endless, sprawling pool is the absolute pull here. And we’ve always said, the Harbour view is a notch better from the other side of the island!
The day pass for HK$ 700 includes pool access, gym, steam room and jacuzzi. End it with a cheeky drink after your swim at the vast terrace of Red Sugar bar, 270-degrees of unspoilt vistas; need more reasons to return?
Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon; +852 2252 5888
6. W Hong Kong
Serene and spa-like, we love hanging at this modern, hip sanctuary, perched on the 76th floor.
A dip in this swanky pool is all the break we need from our hectic lives. Booking it on weekdays for more peace and privacy, or clinking glasses of Veuve Clicquot on the weekend, the vibe here is always holiday.
Purchase a day pass at HK$ 988 for endless laps of luxury, relax in the jacuzzi and treat yourself to two glasses of some very well-deserved Champagne! Cheers!
The W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3717 2222